Going for broke

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While I have some respect for David Stevenson’s views (Letters, 7 December) the time-honoured Labour Party attitude of “jam today” or “the grass is greener” etc, lacks Scottish providence. Clement Attlee would have nothing to do with it in 1945 and he had a Cameron-like dilemma. Britain was broke, American Lend-Lease had to be repaid and austerity was vital.

(Government hoardings even appeared, warning: “Work or Want” – unimaginable today). But Mr Attlee persevered, repaid the loan early and brought the nation staggering to its feet.

Patience is a massive virtue in constitutional matters and Alex Salmond’s stubborn lack of it could see an end to the Scottish dream once again.

Peter Laidlaw

Bramdean Rise

Edinburgh